Fast-food salads just inched up a notch. Wendy’s just debuted two new permanent menu items to its premium salad line – the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad and BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad.
The Asian Cashew Chicken Salad is a full-size salad with only 380 calories, while the half-size has only 240 calories. Ingredients include fire-roasted edamame and red peppers sliced fresh. Expect a little heat with spicy roasted cashews dusted with garlic, onion and sea salt, and a Light Spicy Asian Chili Vinaigrette made with chili garlic sauce, roasted peanuts, soy sauce, lime juice and brown sugar. The Asian Cashew Chicken Salad also features freshly sliced cucumbers, a lettuce blend made up of 11 different kinds of field greens topped with a warm, grilled chicken breast fillet chopped fresh to order.
The BBQ Chicken Salad is a big, bold salad that uses premium ingredients often found around the grill, such as fire-roasted corn, freshly diced tomatoes and Applewood-Smoked bacon that adds even more crunch. The salad is served with a BBQ Ranch dressing, made with real buttermilk, Parmesan cheese, ancho chili pepper, honey and brown sugar. A warm, grilled chicken breast fillet adds heat against cool produce, all drizzled with a honey barbeque sauce. The salad also includes 11 different kinds of field greens that give a burst of freshness.
he BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad is available for a recommended price of $6.19 for the full-size and $4.19 for the half-size. The Asian Cashew Chicken Salad is available for a recommended price of $5.99 for the full-size and $3.99 for the half-size.
Wendy’s is also updating its Garden Side Salad by adding freshly sliced cucumber and red peppers adding up to five ingredients, including the restaurant’s lettuce blend, grape tomatoes, croutons, cucumber and red pepper with a choice of dressing. The Garden Side Salad will keep the same recommended price of $1.59.
According to Wendy's, employees prepare the day’s salads every morning by washing and chopping lettuce and fresh produce, which are placed in individual containers. "We use 100% premium, all-white meat chicken breast that we freshly grill on-site in our restaurants, chop when it’s ordered and serve warm on top of our salads."